Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Best in Horror - 2006

Welcome, as I (Brandon C. Sites: Critic of Modern Day Horror) take you on a journey back to what I thought was the best in horror for the year 2006. When creating these best of lists, I didn't set any perimeters to the amount of films that I would include in each category. 

With that in mind, it is possible for there to be zero (yes, zero!) films in any given category if I felt there was nothing worthy of inclusion. On the other hand, if I felt there were 5 or even 10 films worth including in a certain category, ....well then there is going to be 5 or even 10 films in that category.

My main reason for taking this approach is, because I didn't want to list films as being the best of for the sake of listing films. Also, if I felt that a certain category really stood out in horror for that year, I didn't want to be limited in the amount that I could choose as well.

2006 kicked off the annual After Dark Horrorfest. Overall, the lineup had a good variety of films to choose from and 5 of the 8 films were above average (Penny Dreadful, The Hamiltons, Unrest, The Gravedancers and, especially, The Abandoned). The initial year of the After Dark Horrorfest showed great promise, but subsequent years were disappointing. Sure, you had some standouts here and there, but overall the results were underwhelming and the concept was abandoned after four years. 

So kick back and see whether you agree or disagree with what I thought to be the best in horror for the year 2006. 


The Abandoned
Sam's Lake


Roar Uthaug: Cold Prey
Jonathan Levine: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Nacho Serda: The Abandoned
Alexandre Aja: The Hills Have Eyes 
Mike Mendez: The Gravedancers


Karel Roden: The Abandoned
Dominic Purcell: The Gravedancers
William Gregory Lee: Sam's Lake


Anastasia Hille: The Abandoned 

Amber Heard: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Rachel Miner: Penny Dreadful
Fay Masterson: Sam's Lake

Supporting Actor:

Pete Postlethwaite: The Omen

Supporting Actress: 

Mia Farrow: The Omen 

Mimi Rogers: Penny Dreadful
Josie Maran: The Gravedancers


Xavi Giménez: The Abandoned 
Daniel Voldheim: Cold Prey
Darren Genet: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Joplin Wu: Penny Dreadful

*Please Note: In any given year, there will always be a Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress category. The addition of any additional categories (example: Cinematography) is based on whether or not there are any horror films released, in any given year, that are worthy of mention in any additional category / categories.

Also, from time to time, these best of lists might be revised to include additional titles. The main reason being that some films might have played in a film festival one year, but didn't find nationwide distribution until years later. A good example is All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. First released in 2006, it didn't play in theaters here in the US till 2013.

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